Refractive Lens Exchange

Unlike laser vision corrective procedures, which alter the shape of the cornea, a refractive lens exchange changes the focusing power within the eye. With this procedure, the content of the eye’s natural lens is removed and replaced by a soft artificial lens implant which has been designed to provide clear focusing ability. The artificial lens remains within the eye, without needing cataract surgery later in life. The new lens provides a wide range of focus, based on each individual’s needs, occupation and lifestyle. Excellent distant, intermediate, and near vision can be achieved.

The Following Refractive Errors Can Be Corrected (Exceptions may apply):
Myopia (Nearsightedness): Up to -30.00 Diopters
Hypermetropia (Farsightedness): Up to +15.00 Diopters
Astigmatism: Up to 12.00 Diopters

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A refractive lens exchange procedure is similar to modern cataract surgery. To begin, the surgeon makes a small incision on the edge of the cornea and inserts a delicate instrument to create a smooth, round opening in the outer capsule of the natural lens. Using an ultrasonic suction probe, the lens is removed from the lens capsule. The surgeon inserts a high quality lens implant, and positions it securely within the natural lens capsule.

Dr. Senekal generally uses foldable lens implants which are inserted through tiny incisions and then open up inside the eye where they are positioned to provide clear vision. For extremely high corrections, foldable lenses are not available, so a larger incision is made to place a more rigid lens implant. The surgery is usually completed without stitches, since the incision is designed to be self-sealing. The whole procedure takes around 15 minutes.

Astigmatism correcting and trifocal lens implants are also available.

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